We appreciate seeking an assessment for autism can be a daunting prospect for young people and their families. We're here to help.
Our autism assessments aim to enable a better understanding of the young person and their specific needs.
Our young people’s assessments are suitable for children aged 5 and upwards.
What is autism?
Autism also known as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects how a person thinks, communicates, and interacts with others.
It is typically diagnosed in early childhood, but its effects can persist throughout a person's life, and not all individuals with autism will display the same symptoms or severity of symptoms.
Whilst diagnostic manuals will refer to Autism Spectrum Disorder, there is increasing recognition that autism is best understood as a condition, rather than a disorder.
Autism Discovery call
A discovery call with one of our child psychiatrists provides a supportive environment for you to discuss your observations and concerns.
Together with your clinician, you'll have the opportunity to share the specific challenges and behaviours your child is experiencing. You will discuss whether a comprehensive diagnostic assessment is advisable and address any questions or worries you might have. (20 mins)
Comprehensive autism assessment
Our dedicated child & adolescent team are here for you and your child.
Initial assessments are run by Consultant CAMHS clinicians with support and aftercare from our broader clinical team of psychologists and occupational therapists.
Important to know:
Autism assessments are divided into 2 to 3 separate appointments as detailed below.
- Child autism pathway appointments are available as face-to-face consultations and take place in central London.
- Autism assessments are divided into 2 to 3 separate appointments as detailed below.
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) (120 mins)
Clinical observation and autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) (60 mins)
ASC report writing (30 mins)
ASC outcome meeting (60 mins)
Total for above diagnostic pathway with report and outcome/treatment plan
I want to refer my child
If you think you know the type of support you need please feel free to complete the following brief enquiry form.
Do ask a trusted friend or family member to support you if you are struggling.
We will contact you within 1-2 working days to explore your requirements and how we can help.
I don't know where to start
We totally appreciate that it can seem overwhelming to try and navigate through the range of clinicians and support mental health clinic offers on any site including ours.
So if you are unsure where to start you can request a brief call back with one of our mental health professionals, usually a consultant psychiatrist or psychologist. They will help to explore the feelings you or a loved one is experiencing and guide you to the appropriate next step.
I need emergency assistance
Please note we are not an emergency service. If you need emergency assistance please explore the emergency resources here.
Amongst the MOAI team, there are several neurodiverse individuals. We feel passionate about improving access to thoughtful and comprehensive assessments, as well as learning and guidance after a potential diagnosis. Just as we embrace differences in race, ethnicity, and gender, neurodiversity is another form of human variety to be celebrated.
The MOAI clinical team can help you by providing a comprehensive and bespoke care pathway. This includes specialist assessments, detailed diagnostic formulations, tailored treatment plans, including psychological and behavioural interventions, as well as guidance and support to families and carers. In our clinical work we focus on two of the most common neurodiverse conditions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), what is ADHD and Autism, what is Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).
What our patients say about us
Feedback from our patients drives everything we do at MOAI.
People with mental health problems often struggle getting a diagnosis, let alone living a normal life with it. We take feedback from all our patients on how we can help them every step of the way.
"I’m so relieved and grateful, thank you"
- Parent of a MOAI patient
Working with you to improve our service
At MOAI Health, we are committed to enhancing mental health services by working closely with patients, their families and carers. Our patient family and carer working group, comprised of individuals with direct experience in mental health services, collaborates to improve patient outcomes and the overall quality of care. We value feedback and actively use it to enhance our services. Learn more about our collaborative efforts and how you can provide feedback to improve our service.
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